Increasing The Impact of Open Innovation

In most companies, open innovation is one of the main instruments used for realizing their innovation strategy. By collaborating with startups and engaging in external ecosystems, we are able to address challenges and unlock and explore opportunities in ways we couldn't ourselves.

The potential for discovering new technologies and use cases, reaching new markets with new products, services and business models, and even changing ways of working internally, is huge- but in most cases, there's no immediate impact, and there are many obstacles to overcome. So, how can we increase the impact of our open innovation efforts?

In this Learning Lab, we'll answer questions like

  • What are the most effective approaches for open innovation, also given today's economic climate?
  • How to find, source and select the right startups, making decisions based on data and not for the fear of missing out?
  • How to measure the impact of startup collaborations, partnerships and investments?

If you are working in open innovation, join other cross-industry innovation leaders and professionals for 20+ in-depth conversations and interactive sessions as part of this Learning Lab.


Work with the best.

A first overview of innovation leaders and experts guiding you in this program. You will get a detailed schedule and further instructions after signup.

More coming soon... stay tuned!

Tuesday 14 March 2023

14 March, 21:30 SGT/14:30 CET/9:30am EDT

Discover the Future of Open Innovation: An Overview of Key Approaches and Best Practices

Tobias Gutmann | Assistant Professor at EBS Business School
14 March, 22:00 SGT/15:00 CET/10am EDT/7am PDT

How To Nail Your Startup Engagement Program

Paolo Lombardi & Adam Berk | Co-authors of Startup Program Design - a Practical Guide for Creating Accelerators and Incubators At Any Organization
14 March, 16:00 CET/11am EDT/8am PDT

Corporate "AInnovation" - How Will ChatGPT and AI Change Corporate Innovation?

Manuel Hellendorff | Head of Customer Success at Novable
14 March, 16:30 CET/11:30am EDT/8:30am PDT

Strategically Engaging With Innovation Ecosystems

Dr. Phil Budden | Senior Lecturer at MIT Management School

Wednesday 15 March 2023

15 March, 20:30 SGT/13:30 CET/8:30am EDT

Venture Clienting at BSH Home Appliances: Clear Focus > Tangible Impact

Lars Roessler | Head of Corporate Venturing, BSH Startup Kitchen at BSH Home Appliances Group
15 March, 21:00 SGT/14:00 CET/9am EDT

The Generali Approach to Open Innovation: How to Collaborate With Startups & Scale Innovation In a Multinational Group

Filippo Maria Stefania | Group Open Innovation Manager at Generali
15 March, 21:30 SGT/14:30 CET/9:30am EDT

VRT Sandbox: How The Public Flemish Broadcaster Accelerates Innovation Via Startup-Driven Solutions

Mathias Teuwen | ScaleUp Coordinator at VRT Sandbox
15 March, 21:30 SGT/14:30 CET/9:30am EDT

Lessons Learned in Open Innovation at ABB

Erika Velazquez | Open Innovation Lead, Electrification at ABB
15 March, 15:30 CET/10:30am EDT/7:30am PDT

Bravely Building Bridges: Navigating The Corporate/Startup Collaboration adVNTR

Luca Sigrist | Open Innovation Lead at VNTR, Innovation & Venturing by PostFinance
15 March, 16:00 CET/11am EDT/8am PDT

Learnings From Theory vs Practise on Open Innovation Projects

Suzanne Balima | Corporate Entrepreneur & Innovation Designer at Vale
15 March, 16:30 CET/11:30am EDT/8:30am PDT

Pioneering Corporate Venturing In The Energy Sector

Eva Teresa Harasewycz | Venture Associate at Siemens Energy Ventures
15 March, 17:00 CET/12pm EDT/9am PDT

The Corporate Venture Ecosystem

Taylor Black | Principal PgM Incubation Studio & Venture Ecosystem Builder in OCTO at Microsoft

Thursday 16 March 2022

16 March, 20:00 SGT/13:00 CET/8am EDT

Corp-Up: Challenges and Success Factors for Startup-Corporate Collaborations

Rebecca Van Pamel & Ruth Armalé | Head of Marketing and Communications at Match-Maker Ventures | Head of Open Innovation at Generali/House of InsurTech Switzerland
16 March, 21:00 SGT/14:00 CET/9am EDT

Innovating with the Enemy - Can Competitors Be Your Best Partner?

Pedro Costa | Growth Director EMEA at Beta-i
16 March, 21:30 SGT/14:30 CET/9:30am EDT

A Collaborative Ecosystem

Jan Beger | Senior Director Digital Ecosystem at GE HealthCare
16 March, 16:00 CET/11am EDT/8am PDT

Measuring Open Innovation

Dan Toma | Partner @ OUTCOME & Co-Author Innovation Accounting & The Corproate Startup

Not your typical event: you'll learn and do stuff.

Forget pointless powerpoints. You’ll roll up your sleeves, and work with peers and experts in interactive small group sessions. 

You’re busy, of course. You let us know what your questions and challenges are, and based on that you'll get a personalized schedule highlighting sessions and content most relevant for you (so you can invest your time wisely).

Whatever your challenges are, and regardless of industry and innovation maturity, you'll leave with new, practical insights and an upgraded toolbox, to implement right away.

Live Sessions

In the main week of the program, you can choose to join a diverse range of 20+ interactive small group sessions and peer to peer roundtables as they happen. You can also host your own sessions to ask for feedback or share your approach.


For four weeks per program, starting one week prior to the main week and ending two weeks after, you'll have access to a selection of topical past session recordings and other resources plus of course session recordings from the program itself.


You can easily tap into the expertise and experiences of peers and experts, available to share their knowledge and provide guidance. Ask a question, share your experience and discuss topics- all available 24/7, so you can engage whenever you want.


You'll be in great company.

Other participants are in roles like
• Chief Innovation Officer / VP of Innovation
• Head of Innovation, Innovation Program Director, Innovation Lab/ Centre Director
• Venture Lead/Innovation Team Lead
• Individual Intrapreneur, Innovation Team Member/Contributor
• Leader/professional in general business role other functions like Strategy, IT/Transformation, R&D/Product, Marketing, HR/Change

Connect and collaborate with more than


other corporate innovators

Working at organizations like

Trusted by brands. Loved by peers.

"This is my tribe of lifelong learners and do-ers.

Innov8rs is unlike any conference. It’s the only place were corporate innovators and intrapreneurs get vulnerable and real about the challenges facing disruptors today and work together on creating breakthrough opportunities."

"I am blown away with learnings, reflections and new insights. Such an amazing crowd with a true sharing mentality.

I have gathered so many cases for best practice on how to run innovation, how to measure it, how to fuel intrapreneurship etc. Further, most people I have met are really down to earth, pragmatic and no-bulshit kind of people that are creating real impact in the companies they work for."

"I'm amazed by the format, how open, honest and authentic it was.

What a great event! You rarely ever get that with these types of events - well done!"

"This was a refreshing reminder that we're not alone.

Sometimes working at the front-end of innovation can be a lonely place, especially in a large 100-year-old company. Connecting with so many other innovation professionals acted as a shot of adrenaline reigniting my drive to transform our organization."

"I understand how difficult these events are to run in the best of times.

This is hands down the best virtual event I have attended."

"For me, the Innov8rs Unconference is one of the few intrapreneurship conferences that is worth paying for.

The ability to connect with such a high quality speakers, ask questions, and get great insights is just invaluable!"

"I have already used some of the ideas presented. It is also influencing my thoughts on many other areas related to innovation.

The value of the Unconference has far exceeded the cost."

"The conference was great – it was a perfect mixture of networking and practical learning with a group of high-caliber, highly involved and dedicated participants.

It's a rarity to attend an event like this!"

Ready to dive in?

Join Innov8rs Learning Labs to upgrade your skill-, tool- and mindset, and increase your impact as innovation professional.

Our series of six Learning Labs between October 2022 and May 2023 offers you a deep dive into the key pillars of corporate innovation, exploring main themes and trends in just a few days.

You'll leave knowing what works (and what doesn't) in other companies and industries, and with fresh insights to address whatever tops your to-do list.

What's included?

Every "Seat" allows for one individual to participate in one Learning Lab program, and includes:

  • 20+ interactive small-group sessions you can join (talks, workshops, Ask Me Anything's, topical discussions, networking and more)
  • A personalized agenda based on YOUR goals and needs, and concierge support to help you make most out of the program
  • Option to join a Peer Circle with 3 others working on similar issues, for accountability and support with implementation
  • Option to host a Challenge Call to get feedback on your key challenge
  • Access to selected content from our library plus all session recordings and additional resources for four weeks in total
  • Ask questions, share experiences and discuss any topic with other participants via our community platform

Full schedule

Here's an overview of all six Learning Labs throughout the year.

  • Strategy, Leadership, Governance and Portfolio Management, 11-13 October 2022
  • Foresight & Business Design, 15-17 November 2022
  • Venture Building & Scaling, 14-16 February 2023
  • Startup Collaboration & Ecosystem Engagement, 14-16 March 2023
  • Culture, Talent & Teams, 4-6 April 2023
  • Climate & SDG's, 3-4 May 2023

As a first step, select your pass and complete a short application via the buttons below.

Individual Pass | 1 Learning Lab

1 seat for 1 out of the 6 programs



Individual Pass | 3 Learning Labs

1 seat for 3 out of the 6 programs



Team Pass | 5 seats

5 seats, to be used for your program(s) of choice



Team Pass | 10 seats

10 seats, to be used for your program(s) of choice



Team Pass | 20 seats

20 seats, to be used for your program(s) of choice



Team Pass | 30 seats

30 seats, to be used for your program(s) of choice



The options above are available for corporate innovation leaders and professionals only.

If you are a consultant/coach, software firm or otherwise service provider to corporate innovators, you need an "Innov8rs Learning Labs Expert Pass" to join. Prices for these are higher than the prices listed above. Alt, members of Innov8rs Community with an Expert Pass are also eligible to participante and contribute.

Are you a member of Innov8rs Community already?

As a member, you are automatically enrolled onto every Learning Lab, so no need for you to purchase a pass separately. Want to become a member? As a first step, apply here.

Need some help?

If you'd like to understand better how participating in Innov8rs Learning Labs would support you and your team in achieving your objectives, or if you have questions about registration, start a chat via the blue button bottom right or email